Alaska is known as the last frontier. It’s unique, rugged beauty makes it an appropriate moniker.  But I think there is another reason. Right now, Anchorage is becoming a “last frontier” for a variety of different people from different ethnic backgrounds. It is striking to see how the city is being transformed into a multi-ethnic…

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A social commentator suggested that American society has fast-forwarded five years due to the onset of the COVID-19 virus. I agree with that observation because of the effect this pandemic has had on congregational life and ministry. As congregations are gathering for corporate worship while following social distancing requirements, they are discovering the power and…

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The pandemic crisis is crippling many businesses and organizations. They are trying desperately to pivot and adjust to survive. The big question being asked is what effect will this have in the long run? While many experts have weighed in with their answers, there seems to be a growing consensus. This primarily includes how we…

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Businesses use logos to help identify themselves. Like cattle ranchers, they separate themselves from the herd with an identifying mark. A swoosh on the side of show means quality and fashion. Golden arches let you know what you are going to get every time. The word “Disney” usually ensures quality family-friendly content. Church branding is…

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Life changed after 9/11 and it seems that COVID-19 may leave an even greater footprint on our world. As the dust continues to swirl on what the future may bring, people are responding in a variety of different ways. Some are struggling, others are taking time to re-evaluate their purpose and priorities. They are making…

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During uncertain times, people are looking for spiritual answers. They are willing to hear reasons for the hope Christian believers have in Christ. And when they feel comfortable with a trusted source, they are willing to ask. They are even willing to go to your church website and watch a recorded message. The Corona virus…

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Christ never stops pursuing unbelieving hearts. Difficult times can cause people to pull back the drapes of their life to seek comfort, security, and spiritual truth. They become opportunities to allow the Light of Christ to stream through the window of their soul. When viewed through the lens of divine mercy and grace, difficult times…

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In an ongoing series by the Barna Group to try and capture the state of the church in America, half of the pastors cited “declining or inconsistent outreach and evangelism” as a major issue facing the church.   Sadly, this finding is not surprising. And, churches could be capturing opportunities in a time of uncertainly,…

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